Social media intermediaries should do due diligence on content, says Minister of State Rajeev Chandrasekhar

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Social media intermediaries have serious responsibilities and obligations under Indian law and failure to follow due diligence can have consequences, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) Rajeev Chandrasekhar said on Wednesday. He made these comments in the context of online abuse of Indian cricketer Arshdeep Singh following India’s five-wicket loss to Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2022.

According to A Report Through ANI, Minister of State Rajeev Chandrasekhar said that all social media intermediaries should fulfill their responsibilities. Reacting to the online targeting of Indian cricketer Arshdeep Singh, he said that moderators have an obligation to exercise due care about the content posted on their platforms.

“We don’t want to intimidate, we don’t want any mediator to feel uncomfortable working in India but we definitely want to remind them that they have serious responsibility and accountability under Indian laws,” he told ANI.

India’s young fast bowler Arshdeep Singh is currently in the news for dropping a crucial catch in the Super 4 Asia Cup cricket match against Pakistan in the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 on Sunday.

After this incident, the cricketer’s page on the Wikipedia platform was vandalized and he faced a lot of trolls on social media. His Wikipedia page was edited and renamed as “Khalistani”.

The minister criticized the move on Monday, tweeting that such online activities violated the government’s expectations of a safe and reliable internet.

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